Sea History 176 - Autumn 2021

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NMHS:

A CAUSE IN MOTION Maritime Heritage Flourishes in Philadelphia—NMHS 2021 Annual Meeting The Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to learn about our maritime heritage in different parts of the country, to meet our members, and to converse with those who are working in local maritime organizations. The meetings increase our knowledge and broaden our impact. Philadelphia provided an inspiring place to do so last month. Among the highlights of our meeting were intriguing behind-the-scenes tours of the historic Battleship New Jersey and the iconic ships Olympia and Gazela Primeiro, as well as Independence Seaport Museum and the Museum of the American Revolution.

courtesy deirdre o’regan

courtesy deirdre o’regan

(left) Trustees, members, and staff touring the Battleship New Jersey gather on the starboard side flag bridge at the ship’s 0-3 level. (right) The 2021 NMHS Annual Meeting took place at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, home to a number of historic ships.

photo by robb jones

We were pleased to welcome aboard our new trustees, CAPT Patrick C. Burns, USN (Ret.); Dr. Salvatore R. Mercogliano; and Michael M. Morrow; along with Captain Jeffrey McAllister, who had been elected last year. We were elated by the trustee’s positive reports about the status of the Society and inspired by informative presentations by Philadelphia’s maritime heritage leaders.

photo by robb jones

(above) Dr. William Dudley (at right), our trustee liaison to Sea History, presented the Rodney N. Houghton Award for the Best Feature Article in Sea History. The 2020 winner is Kathleen Broome Williams for her article on Grace Hopper: “Amazing Grace Hopper: The Woman Who Brought the Navy Into the Digital Age.” NMHS trustee Denise Krepp accepted on her behalf. The winner for this past year is Skip Finley, for his article, “John Mashow (1805–1893): From Slavery to Master Shipbuilder and Designer,” and it was accepted for him by trustee Captain Jeffrey McAllister. Congratulations to both winners and our thanks for your contributions to Sea History. (left) Gunnery Officer fires a gun again after 57 years. William J. Green fires a 5-inch/38-caliber gun from the deck of the Battleship New Jersey. 8

SEA HISTORY 176, AUTUMN 2021